The majority of Americans suffer from some type of foot pain, ranging from blisters to ulcers. Most problems are easily treated by podiatrists through conservative measures, but there are some troubles only corrected through surgery. No one wants to undergo an operation, but quality of life can be so much better for people with three of the most common foot problems: debilitating bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas.
You’ll see many products labeled “Bunion Fix,” “Bunion Relief,” or “Bunion Repair,” but can an inexpensive drugstore purchase provide the help you need? No doubt, the option to treat a bunion at home yourself carries its advantages. Some of these purchases may slow the progression of a bunion or make wearing shoes more comfortable, but surgery is the only way to truly “correct” a bunion. If you live near Manhattan or White Plains, a consultation with a podiatric surgeon at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offers the quickest resolution to your foot problems.
Fox News recently reported on the issue of bunions in teenagers. “As many as 30 percent of adolescents deal with bunions, and a large portion of those suffering are girls,” the newspaper states. It may horrify you to learn that your child may have inherited the propensity to develop bunions from you, but the Framington Foot Study of more than 6,000 feet confirmed that nearly 40% of bunion formation went down familial lines.
As a parent, you naturally want to do whatever you can to alleviate your child’s suffering, whether the bunion is causing pain, difficulty finding shoes that fit, or a source of low esteem and embarrassment. The NYC foot surgeons at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have operated on adolescents in the past, but we don’t necessarily agree to every case that walks into our office. Here’s what you should know about bunion surgery for teens.
Getting surgery to remove an extremely painful bunion may seem like an easy decision. But what if you were told the painful bunion you sought to remove had a chance of coming back again months later? Studies show recurrence rates as high as 25% for bunions. In fact, here at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, correcting failed bunion repairs done by other local surgeons accounts for nearly a third of our business.
However, our center’s 40+ years of bunion surgeries mean we’re better at selecting the right candidates, more adept at operating, and skilled at identifying who is at risk for failed surgery. This means we can give you a more accurate answer if you find yourself wondering, “How often is bunion surgery successful?” In fact, a new study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery identifies one tell-tale way of predicting whether your bunion will return over time.
The only way to get rid of bunions is to have them surgically removed. That’s the bad news. But the good news is that minimally invasive bunion surgery and fast bunion surgery recovery is possible. In the past, patients could expect a 2-inch scar and at least six weeks of immobilization. Last spring, though, a new type of bunion microsurgery came to Mount Sinai Hospital that involves a tiny 2-3 millimeter incision combined with live X-ray and a burr tool to shave down the bone into a removable paste.
As gruesome as it may sound, most patients experience no pain with proper management and get back on their feet within three weeks. So the question many people have for our NYC foot specialists is not so much if they should have the surgery, but when. Three weeks is still nothing to sneeze at when we’re talking about immobility, so let’s consider the best time of year to get bunion surgery, based on the pros and cons of each season.
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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Dr. Josef J. Geldwert is one of the few New York City surgeons trained in percutaneous bunion surgery. Minimally invasive foot surgeries are popular for lateral ankle stabilization, ankle fusion, osteochondral lesions, calcaneal fractures, and calcaneal osteotomies, but poor results in the 70’s and 80’s caused American podiatric surgeons to shy away from non-invasive methods of bunion correction—that is, until now.
The first percutaneous bunionectomy was performed by another local surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital last spring. “Though it’s relatively new here, it’s popular with European orthopedists,” explains Dr. Geldwert. “Some doctors are waiting to see more favorable clinical research results, but trade publications like Podiatry Todayare abuzz with news of the microsurgery.”
The best bunion surgery depends on the method the surgeon is most comfortable performing and individual contraindications. For eligible patients, “The obvious advantages for the patient are immediate weight-bearing and the fact that it’s minimally invasive,” Dr. Geldwert says. Still, it’s important to understand all the facets of percutaneous bunion surgery in order to find out if it’s the ideal bunion correction method for you.
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Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Bunions are one of the most common foot issues our board-certified podiatrists and surgeons treat here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine office in White Plains. It can be scary when patients first notice a big “bump” on their big toe—especially since there is a lot of misinformation out there about what bunions are, how they progress, and how they are treated. Here, we’ll delve into five facts about bunions so you can have a better idea of how bunions develop and treatment options.
Mount Sinai recently became the first and only hospital in the state of New York to offer the new percutaneous foot surgery for bunions and hammertoes. This is exciting news, as our NYC foot surgeons are continually looking for innovative ways to help patients recover faster and more efficiently. Following the success of the pilot program, percutaneous foot surgery may become an option for patients looking for quicker recoveries from injury or pain.
People with a predisposition toward bunions start to notice abnormal developments around their big or small toes by the time they reach their twenties or thirties. Bunions can strike at any age, however, according to the Manhattan podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Kids can even develop surprisingly adult-like bunions at very young ages. “We recommend that parents hold off on surgical considerations until the child has reached skeletal maturity and the growth plates have closed,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, DPM. He says this occurs between 13-15 for girls and 15-17 for boys. In the meantime, there are conservative measures that may prevent the bunion from getting worse.
Hispanics and Latinos make up 27.5% of New York City’s population. This group suffers from foot pain and health issues like any other, yet they tend to be more reluctant to seek professional help. The first step toward wellness is asking your primary doctor to check your feet and give you a referral to a foot and ankle specialist who can offer state-of-the-art care. Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM is a friend to Hispanics and Latinos in the New York City area who are looking for a Spanish-speaking, board-certified podiatrist to add to their healthcare team.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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